International Women's Day - Celebrating the Woman Who Introduced Me to Scouting
Happy International Women's Day to everyone around the world!
I have had the privilege of being supported, mentored and encouraged by some incredibly strong and passionate women in my life, but when I think about my time in Scouting one woman stands out - Merryl Butcher. She an incredible teacher, and a wonderful scout leader who has given years of her life to Scouting. She was also the first person to invite me to join Scouts, a movement that has shaped my life ever since.
Mrs Butcher and the others at 3rd Windhoek Scouts welcomed me so warmly when I arrived to my first Scout meeting, and I knew I right away that I had joined a new family that would hold a place in my heart forever. This was the start of my journey in Scouting.
That day was roughly 10 years ago now, and in that time I have achieved so many things and grown so much through Scouting. I achieved my Queen Scout award, my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, climbed mountains, learned to fly a plane at the Walsh Memorial Scout Flying school, and helped run a national Jamboree and Venture. I have traveled to 3 different countries for Scouting, including to Korea to represent my NSO (Scouts New Zealand) at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, going on a mission to the United Nations as an External Representative for World Scouting, and most recently moving to Kuala Lumpur as an intern with the World Scout Bureau.
My life changed dramatically for the better because of this wonderful woman, and a whole world of opportunities were presented to me.
I am eternally grateful to her for inviting me into one of the most incredible youth movements in the world, and for putting me on the road to becoming the woman I am today.